The Byrne Justice Assistance Grant program (Byrne JAG) is the cornerstone federal crime-fighting program, enabling communities to target resources to their most pressing local needs.
Byrne JAG can be used broadly for general law enforcement, courts, prevention and education, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, planning, evaluation and technology, and crime victim and witness programs. This breadth and flexibility means states and local communities can use Byrne JAG to balance resources and address problems across the entire criminal justice system.
Many innovative criminal justice practices begun with Byrne JAG funds are replicated nationwide, such as drug courts, methamphetamine lab reduction, anti-gang strategies, reentry programs and information sharing protocols.
Sixty percent of Byrne JAG is allocated by the state criminal justice planning agencies (State Administering Agencies, or SAAs) to local governments and non-profit service providers; 40 percent goes directly from DOJ/Bureau of Justice Assistance to local law enforcement based on FBI crime data. Funding is authorized at $1.1 billion, but annual funding levels have historically hovered around $500 million. In FY08, funding was cut by 67 percent to $170 million. In FY09, Congress restored funding to $512 million and provided an additional $2 billion in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
In this section you will find information on:
♦History of the Byrne JAG Program: This page provides a brief history of the origin of the Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant Program.
♦Byrne JAG in the News: This page highlights national, state and local news coverage of the Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant Program, the largest federal criminal justice grant program.
♦Byrne JAG One Pagers: This page features subject area-specific one-pagers on uses of Byrne JAG funds which can be used for educational purposes,
♦Byrne JAG Resources: This page features links to resources about the Byrne JAG program.